Thomas Merton Series

The Merton Annual Volume 28 – Celebrating the Questions (and Answers)

David Joseph Belcastro, Joseph Quinn Raab


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“Volume 28 of The Merton Annual returns us to the Centenary celebration of Volume 27 because many of the articles included in it are developed from concurrent session papers and plenary addresses originally presented there. But it also contains a word from Merton himself, and even one from Pope Francis. The Call for Papers for the 2015 conference, which I’ve alluded to in my introductory remarks, gestured toward the marriage of mysticism and prophecy and asked contributors to set aside easy answers and to grapple again with difficult questions. Not surprisingly then, the articles here disturb and delight; they shake us out of what Merton would call our “half-tied vision of things,” propelling our quest and stirring us into hopeful action.” Click here to read the full introduction by Joseph Quinn Raab.

The Merton Annual publishes articles about Thomas Merton and about related matters of major concern to his life and work. Its purpose is to enhance Merton’s reputation as a writer and monk, to continue to develop his message for our times, and to provide a regular outlet for substantial Merton-related scholarship. The Merton Annual includes as regular features, reviews, review-essays, a bibliographic survey, interviews, and first appearances of unpublished or obscurely published Merton materials, photographs and art.  Essays about related literary and spiritual matters are also considered.

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  • 9781891785917
  • 2015
  • 292

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The Merton Annual Volume 28 – Celebrating the Questions (and Answers)
Grateful acknowledgement is expressed to the Merton Legacy Trust and the Thomas Merton Center at Bellarmine University for permission to reproduce the calligraphy of Thomas Merton for the cover artwork.


About the Cover Illustration: Who can be sure what dance this is? With Merton, call it a "dance in the waters of life." It is ecstatic and fiercely, joyously incarnate. "We are invited to forget ourselves on purpose, cast our awful solemnity to the winds and join in the general dance." He knew so many of the steps.
Roger Lipsey, author of "Angelic Mistakes: The Art of Thomas Merton"